Sep
23
9:00 AM09:00

Hueco Tanks Rock Art Tours

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Travel back in time with two different Rock Art tours Visitors to Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site are surrounded by the vestiges of thousands of years of human history and millions of years of natural history that gave meaning to the diverse groups of past visitors. There will be two separate tours both beginning at 9 AM. There will be a different guide for each tour.

Rock Art 1 Tour will focus mainly on the Tigua, Kiowa, and Mescalero Apache pictographs. These are among the group of Native Americans who have historically visited Hueco Tanks and consider it a meaningful part of their past and present heritage. This tour does require some scrambling. (Duration is approx. 2 to 3-hours.)

Rock Art 2 Tour will focus on prehistoric images such as animals, birds, and large-eyed figures. The large-eyed figures may have represented rain or storm deities and are attributed to an indigenous group called the Jornada Mogollon. (Duration is approx. 3 to 4-hours.)

Both tours are limited to 25 participants for each tour and reservations will be required. To reserve please call park office at (915)857-1135.  Please be sure to bring sturdy shoes, lots of water, snacks, sun protection, and your sense of adventure! (MAP)

Park fees: anyone over the age of 13 is $9.00 and anyone under 12 is $2.00.

 

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Sep
23
5:45 PM17:45

Full Moon Mountain Bike Ride

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Destination El Paso

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 5:45 PM
Full Moon Mountain Bike Ride

Bring your mountain bike, helmet, water, tools and bike lights for this Full Moon mountain bike ride. This event if for intermediate and advanced riders. It is not a beginners ride. You will take an easy-paced ride for about two hours and stop for refreshments along the way. Meet at 5:45 PM at Chuck Heinrich Park in northeast El Paso. (MAP)

For more information, contact Don Baumgardt, don@geobetty.com, 915-526-1091.

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Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

★ Wetlands Lecture and Hands-on Activity

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Learn all the roles and functions of wetland and estuarine systems from John Sproul of UTEP’s Center for Environmental Resource Management.  Learn how wetlands affect water quality and how wetlands help to mitigate flood waters.  The program is part of the TecH2O’s Texas Water Specialists Lecture Series, in partnership between El Paso Water and Texas Parks and Wildlife.  Location: TecH2O Learning Center at 10751 Montana Ave. (MAP)

Contact Norma Guzman, 915-621-2001, NLguzman@epwater.org.

 

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Sep
27
3:00 PM15:00

75th Anniversary of the Canal Water Treatment Plant

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Join El Paso Water to learn about the history of the Canal Water Treatment Plant – also known as the Robertson Umbenhauer Water Treatment Plant – in the Chihuahuita neighborhood of downtown El Paso.  This plant transforms Rio Grande water into drinking water for El Paso homes and businesses.  The anniversary program and ceremony will kick off at 3:00 followed by tours. Food trucks will be available.  Be sure to ask about the history of ghosts at the plant! (MAP)

Contact Lisa Rosendorf, 915-594-5669, lrosendorf@epwater.org

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Sep
27
6:00 PM18:00

★ 18th Annual Celebration of Our Mountains Juried Art Show

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Once the traditional kick-off of Celebration of Our Mountains, the Art Show at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing is still one of the biggest highlights of the Fall COM program. See work by local artists, inspired by and focused on our region’s mountains and landscape. All artwork on display is for sale. This artistic Celebration of Our Mountains will be in the Sunset Room of Ardovino’s Desert Crossing. For more information, email customerservice@ardovinos.com. With the current TxDOT construction of new freeways, there are two best routes to get to Ardovino’s: Take Spur 1966 or Executive Blvd. exit down to Paisano North. Continue straight over the Rio Grande River onto McNutt (273). Turn left at light onto Anapra.  Follow to signs on left for the restaurant. You can also take Sunland Park Dr. South over the river to McNutt (273). Turn left at light. Turn right onto Anapra, then left on Ardovino Rd. Make plans to have dinner at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing after visiting the art show.  www.ardovinos.com.

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Sep
29
9:00 AM09:00

14th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta

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The 14th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta at the Tom Mays section of Franklin Mountains State Park is planned for Saturday, September 29, from 9am to 3pm.  The free family event helps people connect with the great outdoors of the Franklin Mountains and is sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with the help of volunteers from the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition. Every year the event attracts hundreds of people to the desert mountain park in northwest El Paso.

The outdoor venue celebrates the natural wonders of the Chihuahuan Desert and Franklin Mountains State Park. Local environmental education groups will be on hand to offer free demonstrations, guided tours, guest speakers and informational booths designed to introduce the curious to the wonders of our fascinating desert. 

For more information contact Liz DeMoultrie: amdemoultrie@aol.com or 915-588-7200.  A complete schedule of entertainment and special programs during the day will be posted on the CDEC website in late September at chihuahuandesert.org.

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Sep
30
8:00 AM08:00

Schaffer Shuffle, Loop 2 and 1 Trails Hike

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Enjoy beautiful desert vistas as you take this moderate 6-miles, 4-hours hike. This is a good beginner/intermediate hike if you know that you can hike the distance over uneven ground. There is a $2 FMSP fee or use your TX Parks Pass. Go to the Tom Mays unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park. (DIRECTIONS) After paying at the booth, drive to the very end of the road, where all the picnic tables are. Bring 2-3 liters of water, snacks and sturdy hiking boots. This hike is dog-friendly if your dog has been trained and socialized. Bring doggie bags and water.

Contact person: Carol Brown, 915-630-1424

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Oct
6
8:00 AM08:00

Hondo Pass Hike

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Photo by Shu Y Mayr

Walk down one of the most interesting and pristine arroyos in the Franklins. You may even see Mule Deer. A car shuttle is required for this hike. This will be a three mile, three hours, moderate off trail hike.  Long pants are recommended. Meet at Hondo Pass and Virgo Lane (MAP), leave some cars there and car pool to Transmountain Road Smugglers Gap parking area to start the hike. There is a $2 FMSP fee or use your TX Parks Pass. Bring 2-3 liters of water, snacks and sturdy hiking boots. This hike is dog friendly if your dog has been trained and socialized. Bring doggie bags and water.

Contact person: Carol Brown 915-630-1424

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Oct
6
8:00 AM08:00

★ History Hike to July 1944 B-24 Crash Memorial

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Learn some history in the Franklin Mountains. In July 1944 a Second B-24 crashed into the Franklin Mountains (March 1944 was the first one) on a night training mission, killing all aboard. (In WWII, over 15,000 servicemen were lost in aviation accidents while training in the US.) This 3-3.5 hours, moderate to difficult hike will be up and over a hill, down into a small canyon, then a scramble up another side cut to the actual Memorial. There is a significant amount of debris from the crash still in place, including landing gear and some other large parts of the plane. Respect and State Park Regulations mean everything stays where it is, but there is a fair amount of wreckage to examine. There is not a trail to get to the Memorial, so bring sturdy footwear for rocky and spiky terrain. Bring a couple of liters of water, some snacks and sunscreen. Hats and gloves are recommended as well, and a hiking stick can be useful on the terrain as well. Not recommended for pets or children. Meet at the intersection of Kentucky St. and Memphis Ave. (MAP) For more information, visit https://www.meetup.com/El-Paso-Hiking/events/252240275/.

 

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Oct
7
1:00 PM13:00

Take a Prehistoric Tour of Fossilized Dinosaur Tracks

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Join Insights’ tour guides who will take you on a three-miles hike through 211 acres of fossilized dinosaur tracks and giant fossil beds from the Cretaceous Period. A long time ago, the Chihuahuan Desert was actually very wet. Millennia of geological activity changed the environment, but you can still see the evidence of dinosaurs here today. Insights’ knowledgeable tour guides can cover a variety of topics associated with our DinoTracks. Please let us know if you would specifically like to learn more about animal tracking, dinosaurs, geology, paleontology, and much more.

Please bring water, a notepad and pen and wear a hat and sunscreen.

You do need to make a reservation. Admission is $15/person and tickets may be purchased HERE. For more information, please contact 915-534-0000 or info@insightselpaso.org.

Event repeats every first Sunday of the month:
Sunday, October 7th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, November 4th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, December 2nd (1:00-3:30 PM)

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Oct
13
8:00 AM08:00

Do the Fence Trail, Mule Shoe Loop and Cardiac Trail

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Hike some of the fascinating trails on the NE side of the mountains. Meet at Chuck Heinrich Park. Take Jon Cunningham street off MLK Blvd and drive to the end. (MAP) This will be a moderate loop hike of almost six miles, all on-trail, and will take around four hours. There is a $2 FMSP fee or use your TX Parks Pass.  Bring 2-3 liters of water, snacks and sturdy hiking boots. This hike is dog friendly if you dog has been trained and socialized. Bring doggie bags and water.

Contact person: Carol Brown 915-630-1424

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Oct
13
8:00 AM08:00

Mount Cristo Rey: Hike through Time

 Photo by Quincy Koetz

Photo by Quincy Koetz

Hike Mount Cristo Rey and hear presentations about the mountain and local history. This is a 5-miles easy to moderate round-trip hike (2-3 hours) and suitable for all ages. The Mt. Cristo Restoration Committee requests a donation of $3 for adults and $2 for children. The hike is sponsored by El Paso Scene. Hike leader is Randy Limbird, editor and publisher of the Scene. Security is provided by the Mt. Cristo Rey Restoration Committee.

Meet at the large parking lot at the trailhead to Mt. Cristo Rey. To get there, take McNutt Road (NM 273) to Cristo Rey Road, a dirt road about a mile north of where McNutt joins Paisano. (MAP) For more information: 542-1422. No reservation is required.

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Oct
13
9:00 AM09:00

Trace Fossils of Mt. Cristo Rey

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Over 30 types of trace fossils have been discovered and researched by your guide at Mt. Cristo Rey. You may have heard about the dinosaur tracks; but come see what kinds of other trace fossils are found at Mt. Cristo Rey! Meet at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing and we will carpool over to Mt. Cristo Rey. Contact Dr. Kappus for more information: ekappus@southwestuniversity.edu. This field trip is supported by Insights El Paso.

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Oct
13
1:00 PM13:00

Prehistoric Trackways Discovery Site

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With paleontologist, Colin Dunn, travel back 280 million years to the Early Permian, a time when this area was a tidal flat on the edge of a wide seaway.  Learn about the creatures that lived on the coast and left numerous footprints and trackways in the muds and sands.  From the mighty sail-backed Dimetrodon, to small insects and arachnids, tracks of all sizes have been preserved.  This hike will take visitors up an arroyo to the first major site that these tracks were found and collected, the Discovery Site.  Geology and paleontology of the area will be discussed. Travel on Picacho Ave./ Hwy. 70. At the stop light with Shalem Colony Trail. Go north on Shalem Colony Trail for approximately 5.5 miles. Prior to reaching the Rio Grande, you will reach a county road, Rocky Acres Trail. Turn west on Rocky Acres Trail. Go west approximately ¼ mile to a dirt road entrance on the left-hand shoes. This side. Cross over a cattle guard and continue to the west past the first parking lot to the second. Dress appropriately and remember the outdoor essentials – water, snacks, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and sturdy is approximately a 3-hours field trip, moderate hike. For more information, contact Colin Dunn at crdunn@blm.gov.

Event Repeats:

Saturday, December 15, 2018, 9 AM

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Oct
14
9:00 AM09:00

Beginner, Family & Kids Mountain Biking

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Geo-Betty

Mountain bike through the Billy Rogers Arroyo Park. This 2-miles ride is great for families, kids and beginners. You must have basic biking skills. Bring water, a proper fitting helmet, mountain bike and a yearning to have fun! No riders will be allowed without a helmet. Meet in the El Paso Tennis Club parking lot. (MAP) For more information, contact Brent Sanders, brentep@yahoo.com.

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Oct
14
9:30 AM09:30

Yoga on the Rocks

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Conducted by Hot Box Yoga, this ever-popular COM event will meet at the Upper Sunset Trail in the Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park. (DIRECTIONS) Enjoy all levels of yoga surrounded by our beautiful desert landscape. Bring yoga mats, water and wear sturdy shoes. There will be a $2 charge for entering the Park - a reduction from $5 as a courtesy to Celebration of Our Mountains. For more information, contact Hot Box Yoga, 915-740-9325.

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Oct
20
8:00 AM08:00

Thousand Steps Trail to the Stone Hut

Hike the beginning of a New Deal Civilian Conservation Corps project. Start from the end of Stanton Street. It will be an out and back hike of about 4 miles and 4 hours. From I-10 take Executive Center Exit, turn right onto Mesa, take a left at the light onto Brentwood, at the stop sign turn left onto Stanton Street and follow it clear to the end. There is a $2 FMSP fee or use your TX Parks Pass. Bring 2-3 liters of water, snacks and sturdy hiking boots. This hike is dog friendly if your dog has been trained and socialized. Bring doggie bags and water.

Contact person: Carol Brown 915-630-1424

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Oct
20
11:00 AM11:00

★ Walk through History Day at Concordia Cemetery

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Visit El Paso's Boot Hill, Concordia Cemetery, 3700 E. Yandell (MAP) and step back in time and meet storytellers dressed in period costume, relating early El Paso history.  Meet, get autographs and photos with John Wesley Hardin, John Selman, Billy The Kid, Texas Rangers, Lady Flo, The Great Western, Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, El Paso’s 1st Mayor and his Indian Princess Bride, Pancho Villa, Judge Roy Bean, Buffalo Soldiers and many more! Don’t miss the Old West Shootouts at the Gunfight Corral, presented by the Award winning gunfight group, Six Guns & Shady Ladies at High Noon and 1:30 p.m.  Enjoy a Tractor-drawn hayride through the cemetery as you visit with the storytellers and the gunfighters!  Fun for the entire family!! Admittance cost: $5.00 for adults, discounts for Military, Students and Seniors over 60 years. Buckaroos and Buckarettes under six get in free. Dress in old west! Proceeds benefit Concordia Heritage Association, a 501c3 organization that maintains, preserves and protects the cemetery. For more information call 915-591-2326 or 915-581-7920 or email pkiddney@aol.com or bordergroup@att.net.

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Oct
20
to Oct 21

Urban Overnight Bikepacking Adventure

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Combine some mountain biking with camping. You will begin your trek at the Bicycle Company, 3434 N. Mesa #A (MAP) and then ride to a campsite near Magnetic Avenue in city open space.  The ride isn’t long and the camping is in a gorgeous little canyon that is accessible via a short gravel road. There are plenty of flat areas for camping. The next morning you will ride to the Clock on Dyer for breakfast. (MAP)

You must attend a pre-ride gathering on October 7th at 4:30 PM at Newman Park (MAP) to help you get your gear together.

For further information, contact Dave Wilson, 915-471-9232. A Facebook event page has been created: https://www.facebook.com/events/1826374250776751/.

 

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Oct
21
9:00 AM09:00

Cacti and Other Desert Plants of the Franklin Mountains

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Take a 2-hours easy stroll along the Tom Mays Trail in the Franklin Mountains State Park and learn about many of the cacti and other succulents of the Franklin Mountains. Meet in the first parking lot to your right after you enter the park.  (MAP) There is a $2 FMSP fee or use your Texas Parks Pass.

For more information, please contact the event leader: EPCC Biologist and co-author of “Cacti of Texas in Their Natural Habitat”, Gertrud Konings, Ph.D., gertrudkonings@gmail.com.

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Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

★ Watersheds Lecture and Hands-on Activity

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 Learn all factors that affect watershed change. Learn how changes occur naturally in Texas Watersheds, as well as human caused instruments of watershed change.  Through the hands-on activity, participants will evaluate the effects of different kinds of land use on wetlands habitats.  The program is part of the TecH2O’s Texas Water Specialist Lecture Series in partnership between El Paso Water and Texas Parks and Wildlife.  Location: TecH2O Learning Center at 10751 Montana Ave. 

Contact Norma Guzman, 915-621-2001, NLguzman@epwater.org. 

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Oct
27
8:00 AM08:00

Karl's Canyon

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Most people know about hiking to the ridge from McKelligon Canyon. But did you know that there is a great way from the westside? Park on Thunderbird Street where the water tanks and golf course are - approximately the 1100 block of Thunderbird. This will be an out and back hike of about 4 miles and 4 hours. The first two miles are all uphill and the last two miles downhill. We will be hiking up to the ridge that will look to the east onto McKelligon Canyon. There is a $2 FMSP fee or use your TX Parks Pass. Bring 2-3 liters of water, snacks and sturdy hiking boots. This hike is dog friendly if you dog has been trained and socialized. Bring doggie bags and water.

Contact person: Carol Brown 915-630-1424

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Oct
27
9:00 AM09:00

Orogrande Mining District

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Description: Visit the dormant Orgrande mining district and have a chance to collect copper minerals, crystals, and other beautiful rocks. Your guide will also explain the geology and natural history of the area. Meet at the Valero on Hondo Pass and Gateway N Blvd. (MAP) We will carpool from there. High-Clearance vehicle such as a pickup truck or SUV is strongly recommended. Also bring sturdy shoes, hat, lots of water, snacks, a collecting pack for rocks, and optional bucket for happy cactus soil. Contact Dr. Kappus for more information: ekappus@southwestuniversity.edu.

Sponsored by the El Paso Cactus and Rock Club, this is the same field trip as El Paso’s Oldest Trace Fossils: Knapp Canyon on October 6. The club meets monthly throughout the year on the first Saturday of the month.  The meetings start at 10.00 AM with the business meeting. The meetings are generally held at 3105 Grant Street, in El Paso.  Occasionally there are no meetings, or the location is changed. For more information, please contact Jean-Claude Linossi, wilbur1111@att.net,

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Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

★ Aquifer Recharge Field Trip

 Daniel B. Stephens & Associates

Daniel B. Stephens & Associates

El Paso Water has been cleaning wastewater to drinking water quality standards and using it to recharge a local aquifer for 30 years.  Observe where and how EPWater recharges the Hueco Bolson Aquifer.  Learn about underground water resources from Water Resource Engineer Scott Reinert.   Meet at the Painted Dunes Golf Course parking lot. (MAP) There is minimal walking during this 1.5-hours trip. Bring water, wear a hat 

For more information, contact Scott Reinert, 915-253-2004, sreinert@epwater.org

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Oct
27
1:30 PM13:30

★ Chamizal Cultural Festival

 Portion of mural at Chamizal National Memorial

Portion of mural at Chamizal National Memorial

Come to the Chamizal Cultural Festival, the signature event for the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. Marcial. (MAP) See cultural and history demonstrations, special ranger programs and information booths. This year will also include the First Annual High School Mariachi Competition, sponsored by the Mexican American Cultural Institute.  Connect to the history and traditions of the people who have lived here. Listen to the tales told by native storytellers. Experience the traditions that have endured and come to love the distinct flavors of borderland culture. For up-to-date information keep checking the festival webpage: https://www.nps.gov/cham/planyourvisit/chamizalfestival.htm

 

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Oct
28
9:00 AM09:00

★ Grand Tour of El Paso Border History

 American Dam, 1937. Note the smelter in the background.

American Dam, 1937. Note the smelter in the background.

Take a grand tour of the El Paso border with Mexico and learn about 175 years of El Paso border history. You will begin at the American Dam Field Office of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) at 2616 W. Paisano. You will take a short walk across the American Canal to Boundary Marker #1. As you read the marker and listen to your guide, Mike Landis of the IBWC, you can straddle the border with one foot in the U.S. and the other in Mexico. From there you will continue east on Paisano to Old Fort Bliss, Hart’s Mill and the historic La Hacienda Restaurant. There Robert Diaz, President of the El Paso Historical Society, will talk about the border history from 1840 to 1900. Finally, you will stay on Paisano and go to the Chamizal National Memorial. There you will explore with Ranger Rodney Sauter the history of how the Chamizal Convention of 1963 finally ended a century-long border dispute.

A map with directions of the tour will be distributed at the American Dam. The best way to access the IBWC field office is to take Executive Blvd. to Paisano and go left. Get into the right lane as quickly as you can. The first turnout on the right will take you to the office at 2616 W. Paisano. (MAP) There is plenty of parking along the road. For more information visit the Celebration of Our Mountains website.

BTW, you may want to have lunch at the newly re-opened Amigos Restaurant, 2000 Montana Avenue (MAP), which was established after La Hacienda closed. The chef and waiters from La Hacienda moved there and the menu is the same. Border history lives on.

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Nov
3
9:00 AM09:00

Alley Plants of Kern Place and Rim Road

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Stroll through the alleys of Rim Road and Kern Place to discover what useful plants are growing there. This plant walk covers any plants we find, including landscaping plants and weeds growing in sidewalk cracks. Meet outside Tippi Teas at Stanton and Boston (MAP) at 9am for a 1-mile walk.  Bring plenty of water and a hat. Contact Dr. Kappus for more information: ekappus@southwestuniversity.edu.

 

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Nov
3
2:00 PM14:00

★ Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos at Concordia Cemetery

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This exciting one-day event at Concordia Cemetery, 3700 E. Yandell (MAP), is a cultural and spiritual celebration  commemorating our lost loved ones.  Revelers are dressed in vintage Mexican clothing complete with the traditional Calaveras (Skulls) painted on their faces, with dozens of artisans and vendors, a scavenger hunt, live music, food trucks, face painters, poetry readings and Altares (decorated graves), arts, crafts and Ceremonial Offerings.  Performances by Matachines, Mariachis, Aztec dancers, a Sunset Fire Dance performance, PLUS 10-foot tall Mojingaga skeletons roaming the Cemetery will thrill young and old! Admittance Cost: $5.00 adults; discounts for Military, Students and Seniors over 60 years; kiddos under six free. Dress Calacas or Catrinas! Proceeds benefit Concordia Heritage Association, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization which maintains, preserves and protects the Historic Concordia Cemetery. For more information: Collette Maes at comaes39@aol.com or visit www.concordiacemetery.com.

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Nov
4
1:00 PM13:00

Take a Prehistoric Tour of Fossilized Dinosaur Tracks

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Join Insights’ tour guides who will take you on a three-miles hike through 211 acres of fossilized dinosaur tracks and giant fossil beds from the Cretaceous Period. A long time ago, the Chihuahuan Desert was actually very wet. Millennia of geological activity changed the environment, but you can still see the evidence of dinosaurs here today. Insights’ knowledgeable tour guides can cover a variety of topics associated with our DinoTracks. Please let us know if you would specifically like to learn more about animal tracking, dinosaurs, geology, paleontology, and much more.

Please bring water, a notepad and pen and wear a hat and sunscreen.

You do need to make a reservation. Admission is $15/person and tickets may be purchased HERE. For more information, please contact 915-534-0000 or info@insightselpaso.org.

Event repeats every first Sunday of the month:
Sunday, November 4th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, December 2nd (1:00-3:30 PM)

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Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

★ Northeast Stormwater System Tour

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Ever wonder how El Paso’s stormwater system captures rain that rolls off the Franklin Mountains? This is your chance to see a combination of channels, basins, ponds and a pump station to learn how millions of gallons of water are collected to prevent flooding.  EPWater Stormwater Engineering Division Manager Gisela Dagnino will host this tour.  Meet in the parking lot of the TecH2O Center at 10751 Montana Ave. (MAP)  EPWater will provide a shuttle for ease of transportation to the multiple facilities.  

Contact Gisela Dagnino, 915-594-5553, gdagnino@epwater.org.

 

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Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Big Bosque Bird Bash, Rio Bosque Wetlands Park

 Northern Shoveler

Northern Shoveler

Visit Rio Bosque Wetlands Park at a time when cooler temperatures, widespread water, arriving migratory birds and the first signs of fall color make it a great place for a walk in the park.  Rio Bosque is managed as a natural area, with a goal of establishing at the site a mix of native habitats approximating those once found along the Rio Grande in the Paso del Norte region.  Each year, through natural processes and the work of park supporters, the landscape moves closer towards that goal.  This free community event, sponsored by the Friends of the Rio Bosque, gives you a chance to learn about our river-valley environment through tours, presentations, exhibits and interactive fun for kids.  Event headquarters will be the park’s visitor center.  DIRECTIONS  

For more information, contact Bill Hoover, 915-487-7154 or wd102062@yahoo.com

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Nov
11
9:00 AM09:00

Hike to the Only Tin Mines Ever in the United States

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Hike to the only tin mine ever in the United States. Small quantities of tin were produced in the Franklin mountains in the early 1900s. Founded in 1909 and operated by the El Paso Tin Mining and Smelting Company, the mine quickly proved unsuccessful; work was stopped in 1915 after the project failed to yield enough tin and was declared uneconomical. As you hike, learn about the structure and formation of the Franklin Mountains, the geological history that played a significant role in the creation of tin, and the history and excavation of the old tin mine. Meet in the parking lot of Chuck Heinrich Park. (MAP) This is an easy hike but is 6.6-miles round trip. It is dog friendly. Bring plenty of water, snacks or a lunch, wear sunscreen and wear a hat and sturdy footgear.

For more information, contact your field trip leader, Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences, Jason W. Ricketts, jricketts@utep.edu.

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Nov
17
9:00 AM09:00

Prehistoric Trackways Flood Site

 Cathryn A. Hoyt

Cathryn A. Hoyt

With paleontologist, Colin Dunn, travel back 280 million years to the Early Permian, a time when this area was a tidal flat on the edge of a wide seaway.  Learn about the abundant marine life that lived off the coast, such as Brachiopods and Ammonites, and what animals left their tracks in the shallow water of the tidal flat.  Additionally, numerous petrified logs and plants have been found in marine sediments.  Why are they in the ocean?  This hike will lead visitors up and over a hill to a scientifically important petrified wood locality, the Site Flood.  Geology and paleontology of the area will be discussed. Directions: Travel on Picacho Ave./ Hwy. 70. At the stop light with Shalem Colony Trail go north on Shalem Colony Trail for approximately 5.5 miles. Prior to reaching the Rio Grande, you will reach a county road, Rocky Acres Trail. Turn west on Rocky Acres Trail. Go west approximately ¼ mile to a dirt road entrance on the left-hand side. Cross over a cattle guard and continue tothe west past the first parking lot to the second. Dress appropriately and remember the outdoor essentials – water, snacks, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and sturdy is approximately a 3-hours field trip, moderate hike. For more information, contact Colin Dunn at crdunn@blm.gov.

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Nov
17
10:00 AM10:00

★ Visit the El Paso Weather Forecast Office

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See where weather forecasts for our region are made. Visit the El Paso Weather Forecast Office, a National Weather Service center for NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).  Learn what the meteorologists do and what the mission of the center is. Learn about upper air observation, discuss the radar tower, see each of the forecast stations. The tour will last approximately 1 to 1.5-hours depending on questions and interests of your group. Location: 7955 Airport Rd., Santa Teresa, NM. (MAP) For more information, contact the Center, (575) 589-4088.

After your visit to the Weather Forecast Office, you may want to see the War Eagles Air Museum, 8012 Airport Rd. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors. Children and students, free.

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Nov
18
9:00 AM09:00

Introduction to the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park

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Take a 2-hour walk back in time on this 2-miles walking tour of the park.  You will learn about the historic environmental conditions in the Rio Grande valley, restoration and recovery of damaged ecosystems, the plant and animal communities of the park, and the multi-pronged approach to getting water to the park.  Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent and binoculars.  Meet at Riverside Canal bridge. From 1‑10 take Americas Avenue/Loop 375 south to Pan American, turn left and travel 1.5 miles to the bridge.  For more information, contact John Sproul, 915-7478663 or jsproul@utep.edu.

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Nov
24
3:00 PM15:00

Birds of the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park

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This wildlife refuge within El Paso’s city limits abounds with bird life:  244 different species have been recorded to date.  By late November, extensive areas at the park should be flooded, and a nice mix of resident and migratory birds should be present.  Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent and binoculars.  This field trip will last 2 hours. Meet at Riverside Canal bridge.  From 1-10 take Americas Avenue/Loop 375 south to Pan American, turn left and travel 1.5 miles to the bridge.  For more information, contact John Sproul, 915-747-8663 or jsproul@utep.edu.

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Dec
2
1:00 PM13:00

Take a Prehistoric Tour of Fossilized Dinosaur Tracks

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Join Insights’ tour guides who will take you on a three-miles hike through 211 acres of fossilized dinosaur tracks and giant fossil beds from the Cretaceous Period. A long time ago, the Chihuahuan Desert was actually very wet. Millennia of geological activity changed the environment, but you can still see the evidence of dinosaurs here today. Insights’ knowledgeable tour guides can cover a variety of topics associated with our DinoTracks. Please let us know if you would specifically like to learn more about animal tracking, dinosaurs, geology, paleontology, and much more.

Please bring water, a notepad and pen and wear a hat and sunscreen.

You do need to make a reservation. Admission is $15/person and tickets may be purchased HERE. For more information, please contact 915-534-0000 or info@insightselpaso.org.

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Dec
15
9:00 AM09:00

Prehistoric Trackways Discovery Site

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With paleontologist, Colin Dunn, travel back 280 million years to the Early Permian, a time when this area was a tidal flat on the edge of a wide seaway.  Learn about the creatures that lived on the coast and left numerous footprints and trackways in the muds and sands.  From the mighty sail-backed Dimetrodon, to small insects and arachnids, tracks of all sizes have been preserved.  This hike will take visitors up an arroyo to the first major site that these tracks were found and collected, the Discovery Site.  Geology and paleontology of the area will be discussed. Travel on Picacho Ave./ Hwy. 70. At the stop light with Shalem Colony Trail. Go north on Shalem Colony Trail for approximately 5.5 miles. Prior to reaching the Rio Grande, you will reach a county road, Rocky Acres Trail. Turn west on Rocky Acres Trail. Go west approximately ¼ mile to a dirt road entrance on the left-hand shoes. This side. Cross over a cattle guard and continue to the west past the first parking lot to the second. Dress appropriately and remember the outdoor essentials – water, snacks, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and sturdy is approximately a 3-hours field trip, moderate hike. For more information, contact Colin Dunn at crdunn@blm.gov.

 

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Sep
22
1:00 PM13:00

Upper and Lower Sunset Trails

 Photo by Sonia

Photo by Sonia

Get panoramic views which include the Rio Grande, volcanic fields and more. Find (but do not take) Foraminifera fossils which have been around for the past 540 million years. This will be a loop hike of around 5 miles, all on-trail. It will take about four hours. It is a moderate hike with the hardest part being the uphill at the start of the hike. We will take a slow to moderate pace. There is a $2 FMSP fee or use your TX Parks Pass. Go to the Tom Mays unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park (DIRECTIONS). After paying at the booth, drive to the very end of the road, where all the picnic tables are. Bring 2-3 liters of water, snacks and sturdy hiking boots. This hike is dog friendly if your dog has been trained and socialized. Bring doggie bags and water.

Contact person: Carol Brown, 915-630-1424

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Sep
22
8:00 AM08:00

Kilbourne Hole Volcanic Crater

 Peridot Bomb

Peridot Bomb

See where the Apollo Astronauts trained before they went to the moon! The youngest volcano in the El Paso region, Kilbourne Hole, is world famous for its rocks, including gem quality peridot! Meet at Rudy’s BBQ on Artcraft at I-10 9 (MAP) at 8am and bring a hat, plenty of water, a snack, and a bag for collecting rocks! Contact Dr. Kappus for more information: ekappus@southwestuniversity.edu. The event will be co-led by Paul Galvan.

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Sep
21
6:00 PM18:00

Celebrate the Equinox at Keystone Heritage Park

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Take a walking tour of the park’s wetlands, do some birding with El Paso Audubon, do a history and art tour. Enjoy belly dancer and Drummers & Flamenco. There are activities for children and adults. There will be food & drink and vendor’s booths. Keystone Heritage Park has been a mainstay of Celebration of Our Mountains since its inception. Admission is $10 for adults. Children 13 & under are free. Proceeds will benefit the Center Against Sexual & Family Violence and Keystone Heritage Park. 4200 Doniphan. (MAP)

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Sep
16
7:30 AM07:30

★ Three Rivers Petroglyphs

 Backcountry Treks

Backcountry Treks

Enjoy hiking and learning about the prehistoric culture who probably created The Three Rivers Petroglyphs located just north of Tularosa, NM. The glyphs are outstanding examples of prehistoric Jornada Mogollon rock art. The basaltic ridge rising above the Three Rivers Valley contains over 21,000 petroglyphs, including masks, sunbursts, wildlife, handprints, and geometric designs. It represents one of the largest and most interesting rock art sites in the Southwest.

More than 21,000 glyphs of birds, humans, animals, fish, insects and plants, as well as numerous geometric and abstract designs are scattered over 50 acres of New Mexico's northern Chihuahuan Desert. The petroglyphs at Three Rivers, dating back to between about 900 and 1400 AD, were created by Jornada Mogollon people who used stone tools to remove the dark patina on the exterior of the rock. A small pueblo ruin is nearby and Sierra Blanca towers above to the east. A detailed petroglyph guide is available at the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site.

Restrooms and drinking water are available.  Pets are allowed only in the campground (on leash), but are not allowed on the trails. Bring your cameras! Bring snacks and a lunch. Wear sunscreen. Meet at Howdy’s Gas Station, Hwy 54 & McCombs. (MAP) There is a $5/car entrance fee. For more information, contact Valerie Provencio,  915-408-9535.

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Sep
15
9:00 AM09:00

Trace Fossils of the Lanoria Formation

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See the oldest Trace Fossils in El Paso! These were recently discovered by your guide. Meet at the 7-Eleven at the intersection of Hondo Pass and Magnetic. (MAP) This trip includes a 2-miles round-trip hike so bring a hat, sturdy shoes, and plenty of water! Contact Dr. Kappus for more information: ekappus@southwestuniversity.edu.

Sponsored by the El Paso Cactus and Rock Club, this is the same field trip as El Paso’s Oldest Trace Fossils: Knapp Canyon on October 6. The club meets monthly throughout the year on the first Saturday of the month.  The meetings start at 10.00 AM with the business meeting. The meetings are generally held at 3105 Grant Street, in El Paso.  Occasionally there are no meetings, or the location is changed. For more information, please contact Jean-Claude Linossi, wilbur1111@att.net,

 

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Sep
15
8:00 AM08:00

Migrating Birds of Keystone Heritage Park

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Go with the El Paso Audubon Chapter and The Frontera Land Alliance to Keystone Heritage Park and Wetlands (MAP). Your guide, Kevin Floyd, will point out several species of ducks returning from their northern breeding grounds, wading birds, and swallows.  This is the peak of fall migration, a great time for birding. Meet at Keystone Heritage Park at 8 AM. in the parking lot. There is a $2 donation for admission to Keystone. Please bring cash. No prior bird watching experience required!  Wear a hat, use sunscreen, bring plenty of water, binoculars and a camera if available.  Contact Kevin Floyd at elpasoaudubon@gmail.com for more information.

 

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Sep
15
8:00 AM08:00

Prehistoric Trackways Discovery Site

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With paleontologist, Colin Dunn, travel back 280 million years to the Early Permian, a time when this area was a tidal flat on the edge of a wide seaway.  Learn about the creatures that lived on the coast and left numerous footprints and trackways in the muds and sands.  From the mighty sail-backed Dimetrodon, to small insects and arachnids, tracks of all sizes have been preserved.  This hike will take visitors up an arroyo to the first major site that these tracks were found and collected, the Discovery Site.  Geology and paleontology of the area will be discussed. Travel on Picacho Ave./ Hwy. 70. At the stop light with Shalem Colony Trail. Go north on Shalem Colony Trail for approximately 5.5 miles. Prior to reaching the Rio Grande, you will reach a county road, Rocky Acres Trail. Turn west on Rocky Acres Trail. Go west approximately ¼ mile to a dirt road entrance on the left-hand shoes. This side. Cross over a cattle guard and continue to the west past the first parking lot to the second. Dress appropriately and remember the outdoor essentials – water, snacks, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and sturdy is approximately a 3-hours field trip, moderate hike. For more information, contact Colin Dunn at crdunn@blm.gov.

Event repeats:

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 1 PM (National Fossil Day)

Saturday, December 15, 2018, 9 AM

 

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Sep
15
8:00 AM08:00

Northern Pass Loop Hike

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Hike a mountain bike trail into Hitt Canyon. (Keep an eye out for mountain bikers.) This is another moderate 4-5 hour, 5-6 miles hike at the north end of the Franklin Mountains. Directions:  From I-10 West, take exit 162 (Anthony/Chaparral) NM 404. Drive east 4.2 miles. At the exact place where the passing lane ends, turn right onto a dirt road.  Go through a green gate.  Drive 2/10mile to a flat parking area on the left. There is a $2 FMSP fee or use your TX Parks Pass.  Bring 2-3 liters of water, snacks and sturdy hiking boots. This hike is dog friendly if your dog has been trained and socialized. Bring doggie bags and water.

Contact person: Carol Brown 915-630-1424

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Sep
15
8:00 AM08:00

★ History Hike to March 1944 B24 Crash Memorial

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Learn some history in the Franklin Mountains. Take a 2-3 hours round trip hike to the site of the March 1944 B-24 crash, killing all aboard. You will see the Memorial erected by El Paso resident, Marcus Uribe, who witnessed the crash from his backyard. Read a blog post about the event as well as the crash of a B-36 on the other side of the mountain. The terrain is rocky and there is no trail. It is not recommended for pets or children. Bring sturdy footwear, two liters of water, some snacks and wear sunscreen. Meet at the intersection of Kentucky St. and Memphis Ave. (MAP) For more information, visit https://www.meetup.com/El-Paso-Hiking/events/252213237/.

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Sep
9
9:00 AM09:00

Grand Tour of El Paso Geology

 Confusion Hill images by EPCC

Confusion Hill images by EPCC

Take a 5-6 hours drive-and-stop tour of the highlights of El Paso Geology. The tour will be led by Dr. Phil Goodell, the founder of Celebration of Our Mountains. “El Paso is an unusual geologic setting with rocks of diverse ages, mountains of diverse origin and form, and a variety of mineral resources nearby. Seas and lakes, deserts and glaciers, volcanoes and igneous intrusions, faulting and folding, erosion and deposition all have left their marks on the geology and landscape of this region.” (William C. Cornell) Meet at the overlook at the intersection of Rim Road and St. Vrain Street: Tom Lea Upper Park. (MAP) For more information, contact Phil Goodell, goodell@utep.edu.

 

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Sep
8
6:30 PM18:30

Who's Running around the Desert at Night

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Find out how desert organisms avoid typically high, frequently lethal, daytime temperatures by adapting to a nocturnal way of life. This field trip is easy walking but be sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring flashlights (preferably 1 white and 1 UV) and a camera. Meet at the gate of the Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park. DIRECTIONS There is a $2 park fee or use your Park Pass.

For more information, contact Dr. Paul Hyder, 915-244-5322, phyder@zianet.com.

 

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Sep
8
8:00 AM08:00

Hitt Canyon Loop Hike

 Photo by Shu Y Mayr

Photo by Shu Y Mayr

Enjoy a moderate 4-5 hour, 5 miles hike at the north end of the Franklin Mountains. Meet at the Trail Head on NM404/Anthony Gap Road. Directions:  From I-10 West, take exit 162 (Anthony/Chaparral) NM 404. Drive east 4.2 miles. At the exact place where the passing lane ends, turn right onto a dirt road.  Go through a green gate.  Drive 2/10 mile to a flat parking area on the left. There is a $2 FMSP fee or use your Texas Parks Pass.  Bring 2-3 liters of water, snacks and sturdy hiking boots. This hike is dog friendly if your dog has been trained and socialized. Bring doggie bags and water.

Contact person: Carol Brown 915-630-1424

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Sep
8
8:00 AM08:00

Birding in the Resler Canyon Arroyo

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Look for birds and explore the mid-elevation desert arroyo at Resler Canyon. to explore the mid-elevation desert with our tour guide Kevin Floyd.  Possible sightings may include Gambel's quail, roadrunners, Swainson's hawks, and black-chinned hummingbirds. Meet at the Cadiz Street entrance. (MAP) for the start of the bird walk. Wear a hat, sunblock, sturdy shoes as it is rocky and bring plenty of water. If you have them feel free to bring binoculars and a camera. No prior bird watching experience required! Contact Kevin Floyd at elpasoaudubon@gmail.com for more information.

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Sep
3
8:00 AM08:00

Beginners Hike: Preserving the Franklin Mountains

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What a great way to start-off Labor Day! Join renowned environmental activist, Judy Ackerman, on a 2.5-miles, very easy hike with just a 250-ft. elevation gain through Knapp Canyon. Hike in arroyos and on ridges near the Franklin Mountains State Park and learn more about basic hiking, landscapes and geology. See what has now been preserved and what still needs to be preserved. Learn about the importance of land preservation. Some walking will be off trail with very uneven footing. Meet at the corner of Mountain View and Zircon. (Directions below.) Bring 2 quarts of water, wear sturdy footgear, long pants, long sleeve shirt and a hat. Snacks and a camera are also recommended. For more information, contact Judy Ackerman at 703-622-0661 or jpackerman53@gmail.com.

Getting to Mountain View and Zircon is a bit tricky. Use these directions:

Go north on Alabama and continue north on Magnetic. (Or go south on Magnetic from Hondo Pass. On Magnetic, go one block north of Hercules (stop light). From Magnetic, make a left on Edgar Park (turn lane). If you are going south on Magnetic from Hondo Pass, take a right at Edgar Park. Continue on Edgar Park then turn left on Mountain View Dr (heading west toward mountain). Continue  to the end of Mountain View Dr., turn right on last street, also called Mountain View Dr. Go to end of block, T-intersection, that is Zircon.  Park at dead end of Zircon to your left.

 

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Sep
2
9:00 AM09:00

Take a Prehistoric Tour of Fossilized Dinosaur Tracks

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Join Insights’ tour guides who will take you on a three-miles hike through 211 acres of fossilized dinosaur tracks and giant fossil beds from the Cretaceous Period. A long time ago, the Chihuahuan Desert was actually very wet. Millennia of geological activity changed the environment, but you can still see the evidence of dinosaurs here today. Insights’ knowledgeable tour guides can cover a variety of topics associated with our DinoTracks. Please let us know if you would specifically like to learn more about animal tracking, dinosaurs, geology, paleontology, and much more.

Please bring water, a notepad and pen and wear a hat and sunscreen.

You do need to make a reservation. Admission is $15/person and tickets may be purchased HERE. For more information, please contact 915-534-0000 or info@insightselpaso.org.

Event repeats every first Sunday of the month:
Sunday, September 2nd (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, October 7th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, November 4th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, December 2nd (1:00-3:30 PM)

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Aug
25
8:00 AM08:00

Wildlife of Resler Canyon

 Urban Wildlife Biologist, Lois Balin, with a Burrowing Owl

Urban Wildlife Biologist, Lois Balin, with a Burrowing Owl

Walk to an artificial nest site for the burrowing owl in beautiful Resler Canyon. Your guide, Lois Balin, is our Texas State Urban Wildlife Biologist. She will talk about burrowing owl ecology and the need for artificial nest sites. Lois will also describe how to build habitat for the owl that works. Along the way you will look at other wildlife and plants. Use the Cadiz Street entrance to Resler Canyon. Cadiz Street (MAP) can be accessed from Sunland Park Road. Wear a hat, use sunscreen, bring water and good walking shoes.

For more information, contact Lois Balin at elpasowild@aol.com. 

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Aug
18
8:00 AM08:00

Prehistoric Trackways Discovery Site

 BLM photo

BLM photo

With paleontologist, Colin Dunn, travel back 280 million years to the Early Permian, a time when this area was a tidal flat on the edge of a wide seaway.  Learn about the creatures that lived on the coast and left numerous footprints and trackways in the muds and sands.  From the mighty sail-backed Dimetrodon, to small insects and arachnids, tracks of all sizes have been preserved.  This hike will take visitors up an arroyo to the first major site that these tracks were found and collected, the Discovery Site.  Geology and paleontology of the area will be discussed. Travel on Picacho Ave./ Hwy. 70. At the stop light with Shalem Colony Trail. Directions: Travel on Picacho Ave./ Hwy. 70. At the stop light with Shalem Colony Trail go north on Shalem Colony Trail for approximately 5.5 miles. Prior to reaching the Rio Grande, you will reach a county road, Rocky Acres Trail. Turn west on Rocky Acres Trail. Go west approximately ¼ mile to a dirt road entrance on the left-hand side. Cross over a cattle guard and continue to the west past the first parking lot to the second. Dress appropriately and remember the outdoor essentials – water, snacks, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and sturdy is approximately a 3-hours field trip, moderate hike.

 

For more information, contact Colin Dunn at crdunn@blm.gov.

Event repeats:

Saturday, September 15, 2018, 8 AM

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 1 PM (National Fossil Day)

Saturday, December 15, 2018, 9 AM

 

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Aug
18
7:00 AM07:00

Sitting Bull Falls One-Day Swimming Trip

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Visit Sitting Bull Falls, a desert oasis, for a one-day swimming trip. Sitting Bull Falls is a series of waterfalls located in a canyon in the Lincoln National Forest southwest of Carlsbad, NM. Bring food, bag of charcoal or a gas grill, food to cook, swimsuit/shorts, water shoes, snacks, drinking water/sodas/Gatorade, hiking shoes/boots, towel, change of clothes, utensils, plates, cups, and napkins. Meet at Lowe’s Home Improvement Store in far east El Paso at 7 AM. (MAP) Leave promptly at 7:15 AM. You must RSVP to the field trip leader, Michael at 915-497-5883 or michaelrmr505@yahoo.com. If you decide not to go, please let Michael know. There is a $5 per car fee to enter Sitting Bull Falls payable to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Free if you have an Access Pass. It’s easy hiking. Dogs are allowed but must remain on a leash.

For more information: https://www.meetup.com/El-Paso-Hiking/events/253019655/. This is an El Paso Hiking Meet-up Group event. Event organizers put together outstanding hikes throughout the year in the El Paso area. Consider becoming a member.

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Aug
10
to Aug 12

Spend a Weekend Birding in the Gila Forest

 Lake Roberts, NM

Lake Roberts, NM

Join the local Auduboners for a weekend birding excursion based out of Silver City, NM.  Areas you will cover are Lake Roberts, Gila Cliff Dwellings, the Cherry Creek Area, the Gila Forest, Ft. Bayard and the Town of Silver City.  Time permitting, we'll travel to the towns of Cliff and Gila and bird around the old train bridge.  Nonmembers are welcome.  For those interested, an itinerary will be available by contacting Mark Perkins at elpasoaudubon@gmail.com.

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Aug
5
9:00 AM09:00

Take a Prehistoric Tour of Fossilized Dinosaur Tracks

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Join Insights’ tour guides who will take you on a three-miles hike through 211 acres of fossilized dinosaur tracks and giant fossil beds from the Cretaceous Period. A long time ago, the Chihuahuan Desert was actually very wet. Millennia of geological activity changed the environment, but you can still see the evidence of dinosaurs here today. Insights’ knowledgeable tour guides can cover a variety of topics associated with our DinoTracks. Please let us know if you would specifically like to learn more about animal tracking, dinosaurs, geology, paleontology, and much more.

Please bring water, a notepad and pen and wear a hat and sunscreen.

You do need to make a reservation. Admission is $15/person and tickets may be purchased HERE. For more information, please contact 915-534-0000 or info@insightselpaso.org.

Event repeats every first Sunday of the month:
Sunday, August 5th (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, September 2nd (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, October 7th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, November 4th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, December 2nd (1:00-3:30 PM)

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Jul
21
8:00 AM08:00

Knapp Canyon Hike: A Latino Conservation Week Event

Come on out and celebrate Latino Conservation Week with Frontera Land Alliance volunteers Elizabeth Demoultrie, Brenda Berumen and Benny Pol. Take an hour-long hike through Knapp Canyon on El Paso’s Northeast side of the mountain. Explore nature through the lens of a camera or a smart phone as well as look at the "big picture" and ask questions along the way about the surrounding wildlife and flowers. The hike is very easy, but the trail may have uneven footing. Meet at the corner of Mountain View and Zircon. (MAP) For more information, contact Janae Reneaud Field at 915-351-8352 or Janae@Fronteralandalliance.org   Please bring water, wear sturdy shoes, hat, sunblock, long pants and long sleeves.

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Jul
21
6:00 AM06:00

Go Birding in Cloudcroft and the Mescalero Fish Hatchery

 Photo: Frank D Lospalluto/Flickr Creative Commons. Williamson's Sapsucker

Photo: Frank D Lospalluto/Flickr Creative Commons. Williamson's Sapsucker

Join the local Auduboners for a day trip in the tall, cool pines. Travel to Cloudcroft, NM and bird the Mescalero Fish Hatchery, the Town of Cloudcroft and Bluff Springs and others.  Meet at 6:00 a.m. at the Lowe's Parking Lot at 4521 Transmountain Road behind Taco Bell in Northeast El Paso and carpool from there.  Bring a lunch.  Beginners and nonmembers are welcome.  Email elpasoaudubon@gmail.com for more information.

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Jul
7
6:30 PM18:30

Identify Birds of the Upper Valley

 Monk Parakeets, National Audubon Society

Monk Parakeets, National Audubon Society

Go birding  with the El Paso Audubon chapter on the Upper Valley Sunset Tour.  We'll be driving the Upper Valley area looking for Mississippi Kites, Monk Parakeets, Violet-crowned Parrots and others.  Meet at 6:30 p.m. at Keystone Heritage Park, 4200 Doniphan Drive.  Carpool from there.  Nonmembers and beginners are welcome.  Email elpasoaudubon@gmail.com for more information.

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Jul
1
9:00 AM09:00

Take a Prehistoric Tour of Fossilized Dinosaur Tracks

Join Insights’ tour guides who will take you on a three-miles hike through 211 acres of fossilized dinosaur tracks and giant fossil beds from the Cretaceous Period. A long time ago, the Chihuahuan Desert was actually very wet. Millennia of geological activity changed the environment, but you can still see the evidence of dinosaurs here today. Insights’ knowledgeable tour guides can cover a variety of topics associated with our DinoTracks. Please let us know if you would specifically like to learn more about animal tracking, dinosaurs, geology, paleontology, and much more.

Please bring water, a notepad and pen and wear a hat and sunscreen.

You do need to make a reservation. Admission is $15/person and tickets may be purchased HERE. For more information, please contact 915-534-0000 or info@insightselpaso.org.

Event repeats every first Sunday of the month:
Sunday, July 1st (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, August 5th (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, September 2nd (9:00-11:30 AM)
Sunday, October 7th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, November 4th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, December 2nd (1:00-3:30 PM)

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Jun
16
6:00 AM06:00

Go Birding at Rattlesnake Springs

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Travel to the green oasis of Rattlesnake Springs, a part of Carlsbad Caverns National Park.  It is an Important Bird Area (IBA) and an outstanding stopover site for land birds.  You might see the Least Flycatcher, Great-crested Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Carolina Wren , Hooded Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo, Blackburnian Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler and the Baltimore Oriole. It is a long drive, just over 2 hours long, and because of the heat, departure from the Evergreen Cemetery, 12400 E. Montana, will be promptly at 6:00 AM.  Bring a lunch and plenty of water and sunscreen.  Nonmembers and beginners are welcome.  Email elpasoaudubon@gmail.com for more information. 

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